1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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theater of operations
“Theater-in-the-round.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theater-in-the-round. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.
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